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Felony invasion of privacy charge against Greitens will not be refiled



Special prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Friday that she will not refile a felony invasion of privacy charge against former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, the Associated Press reports.

In May, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner dismissed the charge and handed it over to the special prosecutor. Gardner said she had no other option, after Judge Rex Burlison granted a request by Greitens’ lawyers to call Gardner, the prosecuting attorney in the case, as a witness. Greitens’ attorneys had argued that a private investigator hired by the prosecution had committed perjury and withheld evidence.

Baker, the Jackson County prosecutor, said in a news release that an investigation had not found corroborating evidence needed to refile the charge. Baker said she had conducted the investigation with a team of assistant prosecutors and the help of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Baker would have had to refile the charge before the statute of limitations expired over the weekend, the Kansas City Star reports.

The felony invasion of privacy charge stemmed from allegations that the former governor took a compromising photo of a woman he had an affair with in 2015. A report released by a special House investigative committee contained testimony that Greitens had taken the photo after binding the woman’s hands to exercise equipment, blindfolding her, and removing her clothes. The woman’s testimony said Greitens threatened to release the photo if she told anyone about the affair.

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